Wake Up and Sleep Therapy Light – my experience

Sunrise alarm clock – is an alarm clock that uses gradually increasing light to wake you up little by little before its sound alarm starts. While other alarm clocks awake you abruptly, Sunrise alarm clock gently prepares your still sleeping mind for waking up, this way telling your body that it’s time to start a new day.

Philips Wake Up Light models are one of the most popular wake-up light alarm clocks, that’s why we’ve decided to devote our current review to them.
Review of Somneo Sleep HF3650

Before this there were four product lines of Wake Up Light available on the market: HF3520, HF3510, HF3505, HF3500. However, recently the company has introduced a new model – Philips Somneo Sleep and Wake-Up Light HF3650. So, our review will definitely help you to choose the device you need and not to get confused with all this variety of models on the market.

HF3500 and HF3505 – are inexpensive alarm clocks with basic functions, which are quite enough to provide you with comfortable waking up process.

HF3520 and HF3510 — are more like premium class models with improved functions (higher intensity, additional melodies, sunset light). However, they cost more as well.

Below you can find main characteristics of Philips Wake Up Light alarm clocks gathered in one table. You will find my personal experience of using Somneo Sleep HF3650 under the table.

Preview
Editor’s Choice
Philips Somneo Sunrise Wake Up and Sleep Therapy Light with Sunrise Alarm and Sunset Fading Night Light, White HF3650/60
Philips Wake-Up Light Alarm Clock with Colored Sunrise Simulation and Sunset Fading Night Light, White (HF3520)
Philips Wake-Up Light Alarm Clock with Sunrise Simulation and Sunset Fading Night Light, White (HF3510)
Philips Wake-Up Light Alarm Clock with Sunrise Simulation and Radio, White (HF3505)
Philips Wake-Up Light Alarm Clock with Sunrise Simulation, White (HF3500/60)
Lux
320
300
300
200
200
Number of stored wakeup settings
2
2
1
1
1
Sunrise simulation
Bright yellow, Warm orange, Soft red
Bright yellow, Warm orange, Soft red
Bright yellow, Warm orange
Bright yellow
Bright yellow
Sunset simulation
Bright yellow, Warm orange, Soft red
Bright yellow, Warm orange, Soft red
Bright yellow, Warm orange
No
No
Brightness settings
25
20
10
10
10
Wakeup sounds
7 natural sounds + white noise
5 natural sounds
3 natural sounds
2 natural sounds
1 gentle beep
FM Radio
RelaxBreathe
AUX input to play music from phone
USB port to charge phone
Customer Rating
Prime
Editor’s Choice
Preview
Philips Somneo Sunrise Wake Up and Sleep Therapy Light with Sunrise Alarm and Sunset Fading Night Light, White HF3650/60
Lux
320
Number of stored wakeup settings
2
Sunrise simulation
Bright yellow, Warm orange, Soft red
Sunset simulation
Bright yellow, Warm orange, Soft red
Brightness settings
25
Wakeup sounds
7 natural sounds + white noise
FM Radio
RelaxBreathe
AUX input to play music from phone
USB port to charge phone
Customer Rating
Reviews
Prime
Details
Preview
Philips Wake-Up Light Alarm Clock with Colored Sunrise Simulation and Sunset Fading Night Light, White (HF3520)
Lux
300
Number of stored wakeup settings
2
Sunrise simulation
Bright yellow, Warm orange, Soft red
Sunset simulation
Bright yellow, Warm orange, Soft red
Brightness settings
20
Wakeup sounds
5 natural sounds
FM Radio
RelaxBreathe
AUX input to play music from phone
USB port to charge phone
Customer Rating
Reviews
Prime
Details
Preview
Philips Wake-Up Light Alarm Clock with Sunrise Simulation and Sunset Fading Night Light, White (HF3510)
Lux
300
Number of stored wakeup settings
1
Sunrise simulation
Bright yellow, Warm orange
Sunset simulation
Bright yellow, Warm orange
Brightness settings
10
Wakeup sounds
3 natural sounds
FM Radio
RelaxBreathe
AUX input to play music from phone
USB port to charge phone
Customer Rating
Reviews
Prime
Details
Preview
Philips Wake-Up Light Alarm Clock with Sunrise Simulation and Radio, White (HF3505)
Lux
200
Number of stored wakeup settings
1
Sunrise simulation
Bright yellow
Sunset simulation
No
Brightness settings
10
Wakeup sounds
2 natural sounds
FM Radio
RelaxBreathe
AUX input to play music from phone
USB port to charge phone
Customer Rating
Reviews
Prime
Details
Preview
Philips Wake-Up Light Alarm Clock with Sunrise Simulation, White (HF3500/60)
Lux
200
Number of stored wakeup settings
1
Sunrise simulation
Bright yellow
Sunset simulation
No
Brightness settings
10
Wakeup sounds
1 gentle beep
FM Radio
RelaxBreathe
AUX input to play music from phone
USB port to charge phone
Customer Rating
Reviews
Prime
Details

This is my story

Waking up early has never been an easy task for me (before I got Somneo Sleep, of course). I have always wanted to be an early riser: wake up with pleasure, have my morning run and healthy breakfast after it, and then go to work in a good mood. Instead of these, all I could do in the morning was just to wash my face, brush my teeth, drink a cup of coffee and hope to get a vacant seat in a subway to have a nap during my way to work.

I tried to plan my morning, motivate myself to catch up with all I have planned. I set my alarm clock to wake up at earlier time and thought to myself: “Tomorrow is the day when I will wake up earlier and have my morning run”. However, once the alarm clock started ringing I caught myself thinking: ”Well, it’s not a big deal, I can start running tomorrow”.
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My brain was desperately opposing to all my plans giving the top of priorities to sleep. In the end I started asking myself: “Why can’t I wake up on time? What is wrong with me?”

Well, I guess there was nothing with me, it was the environment around me that was wrong.

So, what has given me the idea to buy Somneo Sleep?

I came across a study on how light influences us both before we go to sleep and before we wake up. It appears that our body has some kind of internal clock that “synchronizes” with our environment. This clock is called “circadian rhythm”.

It is influenced by external factors including light and temperature. However, loud sounds, like noisy alarm clock have completely no impact on a circadian rhythm.

So, the sun changes its light and temperature in the morning. Luckily, windows of my room looked to the East, though the curtains were always tightly closed. That’s why I moved them a bit aside to see if the sun wakes me up next morning.

Sunlight prepares you to waking up before the alarm clock starts ringing. This way it has become very easy to get up from a bed, it has seemed very easy and natural.
Philips Somneo Sunrise Wake Up and Sleep Therapy Light
You surely know how easy it is to wake up on Sunday, when you don’t have to go anywhere. This is what I felt every day, when the sun woke me up and the alarm clock just gave me a signal to get up when I need.

This lasted the whole summer. I felt great, waking up early wasn’t a problem any more. I used to get up easily and start my day as I wanted.

But then autumn came and the sun rose later and later each next day. Moreover, I got another job in October and I had to wake up at 6 a.m. instead of 7 in the morning. It meant that I had to get up when it was still dark. This is when I realized how I miss the sun in the morning.

“There must be some way out”, I thought to myself one dark autumn morning when putting myself together just to get up from the bed. In the evening of the same day I found a perfect solution for my problem in the Internet – it was a Wake Up Light alarm clock and I’ll tell you about it in this review.

My experience of using Wake Up Light alarm clock

Important: though this post is more about the disadvantages, still – it is more comfortable and pleasant to wake up with this Wake Up Light alarm clock.

You aren’t pulled out from a dream by some abrupt sounds that make you almost jump out from the bed. Everything happens gradually and very gently. The same has happened to the process of falling asleep – it has become more smooth, all daytime thoughts leave your head and you mind relaxes.

The light becomes stronger unnoticeably – from quite glow to very bright light. So, here you will have to experiment to make it not to shine right into your face. My model of the device appeared to be a very bright one, but all the parameters are adjustable.
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From all options of audio sounds I’ve opted for nature sounds, as it is said in the advert – they are the best to wake you up gently and at that your brain doesn’t get that it is an alarm clock. I’ve experimented with sea sounds, but it didn’t work – I just didn’t get what it was when being half-asleep and it took me several seconds to finally get that it was my alarm clock.

The sound of the alarm clock is actually a very important thing – this is what starts your day. It really has to make you feel comfortable. It’s a small, but an important thing.

There were the times when I used to wake up to go to school and university using TV alarm clock. The TV just turned on at some preset time and started broadcasting some channel. The thing is that I woke up not from hearing TV presenter talking, but from the clicking sound the TV made when turning on (it wasn’t a modern flat TV, so it was quite a loud sound). Even now I still hate this sound and jump up each time I hear it. What I’m driving at is that I’m not sure that I’ll enjoy listening to birds singing every morning for the rest of my life.

Another issue is: to delay the alarm clock signal for 10 minutes, sleepy you have to turn over, take your hand under the blanket and try to grope for the alarm clock. At that it doesn’t always respond to pushing the button on it. So, again after all of these efforts you have already woken up. Another risk is that if you try to turn it off blindly you may turn it over even on the floor. Though the device it round shaped and it won’t break, still you’ll wake up instead of having some more sleep.

Review of Philips Somneo Sunrise Wake Up and Sleep

Wake Up Light alarm clock Philips Somneo is the newest and the most upgraded one from the product line. Its main feature is a complete imitation of the sunrise due to gradual brightness increase. It changes from dim orange to bright ochroleucous within 20-40 minutes before the sound signal. The light grows gradually since the alarm clock has 25 levels of brightness.

There are buttons on the upper side of the device to adjust the brightness, turn off the alarm clock, turn on the lights and tune FM-radio. Touch buttons under the alarm clock display are used to set up the time, select audio sounds and volume.

What can the alarm clock do?

Regardless any weather conditions and seasons Somneo Sleep and Wake-Up ensures easy and natural wakening to a nice tune accompanied with birds singing and sounds of nature. There 2 types of light imitation: sunrise and sunset.

Sunrise imitation

The unique technology of Wake-up Light alarm clock has everything you need for comfortable and easy awakening.

It was clinically proven that sunlight is beneficial to human’s body especially when you wake up at natural sunrise it becomes easier and more enjoyable, and birds songs are the best alarm clock ever.

Somneo Sleep doesn’t just simulate the sunrise, it makes us wake up naturally by changing its light from red to bright orange and then to bright yellow like a real sun. Such gradual change of light intensity prepares our organism to wakening and nature sounds or your favorite radio station will wake you up completely.

There are 4 sounds to choose from: nature, soft rain, ocean waves or under water. You also have the option for radio, aux or no sound.

Wake up to one of 7 nature sounds or listen to your favorite radio station. Together with sunrise light before you are awaken you’ll hear the melody you’ve selected. The sound will slowly rise from low to high. You can also connect a smartphone or a tablet to the alarm clock through AUX port and listen to the music you like.

Sunset imitation

Simulation of the sunset helps your body to relax and prepares it to go to sleep. When the preset time comes the light of the alarm clock starts fading as well as the sounds of nature.

A new function – RelaxBreathe

This function ensures that you relax after a hard working day when listening to two relaxing melodies together with light effects created for breathing exercises to make your evening more pleasant and romantic.

Individual light adjustment

Each of us has different light sensitiveness. Somebody wakes up from a barely seen light and some one can continue sleeping even if all lights are on. Philips Somneo Sleep and Wake-Up Light HF3650 provides you with individual light adjustment. With the help of it you can adjust and set the brightness you need to wake up and feel comfortable. You can also use this alarm clock as a convenient reading light or a bedside lamp. Its touch screen has 25 levels of brightness and it ensures the most comfortable adjustment.

Delayed signal

If you haven’t woken up completely or just want to spent a little more time in bed before getting up, you can delay the alarm signal for 9 minutes just with one touch.

Design

The device has a very stylish design, flowing forms and at that it is ergonomical and surely will suit any bedroom design. The device case is equipped with rubber feet to ensure its safety.

Pluses and minuses

There are several important advantages that make this device different from other Wake-Up Light models:

Pros

  • You can set it for two different times. It is very convenient for a couple, for example, if they need to get up at different time. Or you can set one alarm signal for week days and another one for weekends. Red, orange and yellow colors – the sunrise looks as if it was real.
  • Philips HF3650 is brighter than the previous models (320 vs 200 lux). This will come in handly if there isn’t much natural light in the room.
  • It has more levels of brightness
  • You can choose the melody you like from 7 melodies with sounds of nature or from 2 relaxing melodies
  • Alarm signal is repeated
  • Easy to use
  • User-friendly adjustment
  • You can connect it to a smartphone as a power supply or use it to play music
  • Selecting of light intensity and duration
Cons

  • Sometimes it is difficult to find and detect which button you need especially when you are half-awake
  • No bluetooth
  • This unit is not able to be paired with Amazon Alexa
Philips Somneo Sunrise Wake Up and Sleep Therapy Light with Sunrise Alarm and Sunset Fading Night Light, White HF3650/60
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Philips Somneo Sunrise Wake Up and Sleep Therapy Light with Sunrise Alarm and Sunset Fading Night Light, White HF3650/60
  • Light therapy lamp and sunrise alarm clock clinically proven to improve your energy, sleep and well-being. Fall asleep with new Relax Breathe function, and wake up naturally with colored sunrise.
  • 89% of Somneo light therapy users would recommend this Philips Sleep and Wake-up Light to others after just 2 weeks of use.
  • 74% report that Philips Somneo Wake-up Light helps me fall asleep easier, after 4 weeks of use. Natural light alarm clock comes with 90 Day No Hassle Easy to use, premium features: 7 natural sounds, FM radio, white noise, and power back up. USB mobile phone charging, and AUX dock with quality speaker to enjoy your own music. Customize smart display brightness or full dim clock display.

Conclusion

Phillips has created really useful and interesting device. Somneo alarm clock demonstrates a progress in features development. However, there are some features we’d like to see in such alarm clocks… But again, Somneo shows itself much better than the previous models.

Does this Wake-up Light alarm clock really help? Decidedly, yes. It has become easier both to fall asleep and to wake up with it. Though, you must understand that there are no miracles here – therefore, if you drink a lot of coffee, have a stressful live and unhealthy diet, there is no device that can help you.

Last update on 2018-06-23 at 22:12 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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